Growing Up: Early Childhood Education in Nova Scotia

More than a quarter of Nova Scotian children are starting school with a developmental vulnerability. Due to a growing understanding that the early years of a child’s life set the foundation for lifelong learning, health and wellbeing, Nova Scotia has seen an increase in supports for early childhood education and research.

On May 21, 2020, Stephanie Reid, Director of Marketing and Communications at Research Nova Scotia, had a virtual conversation with Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac. Dr. McIsaac is the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions and leader of the Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her team of researchers are actively engaging policy makers, early childhood educators, and families across the province to enhance child wellbeing.

Listen as Dr. McIsaac discusses how research, policy and practice are coming together to provide Nova Scotians with supports like the pre-primary program, to improve our understanding of early childhood nutrition, and to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic.